Najib Balala

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Najib Balala said : "It has been decades of race against time and we are excited at the progress in reversing the hitherto bleak outlook for the northern white rhino," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are going to make a solid case for Kenya to host the 24th UNWTO General Assembly meeting in 2021 as the first East African country to do so," "We will build on the success of recently hosted high level global events in Kenya as a strong reason why Kenya should be voted as host for the upcoming meeting and hope to secure the victory," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, September 9, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "A win to host the event will greatly enhance Kenya's profile not only as the preferred travel destination in Africa, but also the choice destination for meetings and exhibitions: which is the next frontier of tourism that we want to create awareness in addition to the traditional beach and safari proposition," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, September 9, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "The majority of the proposals in favor of species conservation were adopted either by consensus or overwhelming majority votes while those seeking to promote trade at the expense of the species conservation were rejected," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Our proposal to transfer pancake tortoise from Appendix II to I and to list giraffes, wedge fish and teat fish in Appendix II was overwhelmingly passed," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are ready to support the agreement on the engagement of rural communities in CITES processes and how issues of CITES and livelihoods should be considered under the CITES framework," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The assisted reproductive technique should focus the world’s attention to the plight of all rhinos and help in avoiding decisions that undermine law enforcement and fuel the demand for rhino horns,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:44:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For now, this place is out of bounds. Be patient. Give us time," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The promenade, the pigeon towers, the gates and the ablution block are ready. We have been receiving all the projects in the original design," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There will be a code of conduct. Traders who will be allowed to operate inside the park will undergo some training and will have uniforms," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Tell us who is genuine and who is not so that we can take action," External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are here today to support your vision and ideals of establishing a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. We in Kenya are committed to support this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government is committed to supporting growth of hospitality sector and will not be distracted by the evil forces of terrorism," External link

coastweek Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:40:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This figure is slightly lower compared to last year by about one per cent. However, we are upbeat that the sector will grow by about 10 per cent in the remaining six months of 2019,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, August 2, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government is committed to supporting growth of hospitality sector and will not be distracted by the evil forces of terrorism," External link

coastweek Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:33:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are in solidarity with 32 African countries that are calling on the international community to impose a ban on ivory trade that has decimated population of elephants in the rangelands," External link

coastweek Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:33:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure the world that Kenya is stronger than these evil terror forces. Kenya has bounced back. Our tourism numbers grew by 57 per cent in 2018, our revenue in 2018 grew by 31 per cent and in the last six months I haven’t seen a decline,” “I believe there will be a 10 per cent growth at the end of the year” External link

standardmedia Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:06:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I want to assure the world Kenya is stronger than these evil forces, " External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are in solidarity with 32 African countries that are calling on the international community to impose a ban on ivory trade that has decimated population of elephants in the rangelands," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, July 31, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "When innocent people do a commendable job, they need to be recognised. Once he comes back, he will become an honorary warden in Tsavo," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, July 28, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Mama Ngina ) : “I’m optimistic that the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park will be an iconic tourist attraction centre. It will boost the economy of Mombasa by the number of local and international tourists coming to the region,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are now hoping that this park will be an attraction site for both locals and international tourists coming to Mombasa,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We had to add an additional two months because of the alteration in the earlier designs. We had to make adjustment in the presidential square because at first the design was not meant for national presidential functions,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are saddened by Samboja's move to go to court. He should have consulted other parties to understand the best way forward," External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 24, 2019 3:34:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We cannot give a direct benefit from Tsavo National Park to the communities. The conservancy happened to be a national park in 1946, so these are the structures we have inherited," External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 24, 2019 3:34:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The new policy focuses on increasing access to incentives and sustainable use of wildlife resources while ensuring equitable sharing of benefits,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 22, 2019 2:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The ones who are now squatting and trying to be clever, we know you,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Jua Kali ) : “This is an international platform as a waterfront. It is not going to be a Jua Kali market,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We will support them. They should not worry about the cost of that. We are going to see if you can get SME funding for these 63 traders,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “It is not a matter of wearing suits. We want to be smart and encourage designers to come up with designs that showcase what the cultures of this region have to offer,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The implementation of this plan will be a defining moment in the conservation of the mountain bongo subspecies that is only found in Kenya," "It will ensure that population of mountain bongo thrive in the mountain ecosystems spread across this country," External link

kenyastar Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''I urge all of you to continue to put more efforts to ensure that we surpass our last year’s general performance at the end of the year,'' External link

standardmedia Friday, July 5, 2019 11:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “We have had challenges since 2014 that made compensation of the human-wildlife conflict claims difficult. There was no money and also the verification of HWC claims has not been consistently undertaken,” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are projecting only a slight growth in the number of international arrivals by the end of 2019 fueled by intensified marketing efforts in key source markets," External link

coastweek Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Since the completion of the SGR, we have seen a surge of local and international tourists visiting the coastal beach of Mombasa," External link

coastweek Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are projecting only a slight growth in the number of international arrivals by the end of 2019 fueled by intensified marketing efforts in key source markets," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will have a clear focus on politics in 2021, that is when I will know if I will still go for governor or even a bigger seat. I have experience in elective politics and in government,” “I want to have the tourism numbers go up to three million before I leave office, then I will be proud and have the energy and impetus to take on another assignment given by the voters” External link

standardmedia Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:56:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We know the governor also claims stake of the hotel, but they have an equity holding of 5 per cent. 95 per cent is owned by the Government,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 3, 2019 2:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We know the governor also claims stake of the hotel, but they have an equity holding of 5 per cent. 95 per cent is owned by the Government,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 3, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The Wildlife Act 2013 that acknowledged monetary compensation as the solution has become too expensive for the government," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The insurance industry should seize the business opportunity by complementing the government efforts in mitigating the expenses that arise due to human-wildlife conflicts," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "In the 2018-2019, the government allocated 4 million dollars as compensation allocations and has earmarked 5.4 million dollars for the 2019-2020," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Scientists must also come out and explain to populations the wildlife movements in advance to reduce the conflicts," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:42:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

nation-ke Monday, May 13, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have a budget allocated for compensation of about Sh500 million and Sh70 million has already been released to the KWS. The first batch of compensation will be issued straight away and then we will request for the balance from the Treasury so that it is paid,” External link

businessdailyafrica Monday, April 29, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "We are planning to roll out tax incentives for low-cost airlines that will bring visitors into Kenya beginning the next financial year," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:31:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am very impressed with our youths today who have showed up in large numbers to show the world that there’s no room for wildlife trade,” External link

capitalfm Monday, April 15, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government will not relent in support for a total ban on trade in ivory and other endangered species internationally,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The western Black Rhino and the Sumatran Rhino have recently gone extinct due to poaching. The emphasis now is directed towards ensuring that international trade in the endangered species is stopped,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenya’s message is simple – it is not possible to satisfy the international demand for ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife products,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am very impressed with our youths today who have showed up in large numbers to show the world that there’s no room for wildlife trade,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government will not relent in support for a total ban on trade in ivory and other endangered species internationally," External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Kenya's message is simple - it is not possible to satisfy the international demand for ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife products," External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destinations,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destinations,” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The terminal is currently 40 per cent complete and will further boost cruise tourism in the country when it is fully operational by November this year,” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am disappointed and this is not acceptable, because the schedule was supposed to be August 2017 it did not take place. It was moved to November and then I am told it is being moved to August (2018),” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The demolitions were halted after we were given a report that if they are brought down, then the economy will suffer a setback of about Sh500 billion,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Some taxi drivers instead of marketing the country, give tourists only negative things about what is happening in the country," External link

thestarkenya Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Moi International Airport is now receiving 15 charter flights per week, up from nine last year. Since 2016 to March this year, there have been 55,000 arrivals into Mombasa and the beach hotels,” External link

standardmedia Friday, March 15, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” “We have always seen the EU as the global standard-bearer for promoting and protecting international biodiversity, whose high standards should be emulated and to which all others should aspire. Europe leads the way on many conservation issues and cannot afford to be behind the curve on the ivory trade” External link

eureporter Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Commission ) : “I therefore appeal to the European Commission and to EU Environment Ministers to demonstrate leadership by closing your domestic markets forthwith. As we cooperate more closely with the EU, particularly within the context of the Africa/EU partnership, we need Europe to join us and become a leader with those countries that are taking action to close domestic ivory markets around the world,” External link

eureporter Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Things have changed. The free independent traveller will book the accommodation and do extras elsewhere. It does not mean one has to eat and have the pleasure of experience at the same place,” External link

businessdailyafrica Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “That is why we need to improve the products in terms of accommodation and experience. People will book accommodation in one place but experience food and other products elsewhere,” External link

businessdailyafrica Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For us, it is very important to make the partnership with Turkish Airlines, because it opens Kenya to the world through Istanbul," External link

haberler-en Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about India Ocean ) : “We have a success story on plastic ban. Kenya is an example to other East African nations and the world for her moratorium on plastic in 2017. The ban has reduced the number of plastics getting into the Indian Ocean waters, thus mitigating the real threat to marine life,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “To assume – as many EU member states do – that there is no link between domestic ivory markets in Europe and Asia and illegal trade and killing of elephants in Africa is a flawed basis on which to develop EU conservation policy. Most other countries with significant legal markets have realised that there is a clear link between their domestic ivory markets and illegal trade and poaching and have closed them down. We call on the EU and Japan to follow suit” External link

eureporter Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” “We have always seen the EU as the global standard-bearer for promoting and protecting international biodiversity, whose high standards should be emulated and to which all others should aspire. Europe leads the way on many conservation issues and cannot afford to be behind the curve on the ivory trade” External link

eureporter Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''The projection for Africa is 3 per cent to 5 per cent growth in 2019, after 7 per cent last year, as some destinations consolidate their rebound. By region, experts from Africa are the most optimistic about 2019, as a number of destinations in the region continue their recovery,'' External link

standardmedia Thursday, March 7, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala indiqué : "Tous les marchés légaux d'ivoire, qu'ils soient en Asie ou en Europe, encouragent le commerce illégal, le braconnage et l'abattage des éléphants" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala déclaré : "Bien que nous appréciions les mesures prises jusqu'ici par l'UE et ses Etats membres, nous considérons qu'il est crucial de faire plus en vue de fermer le marché intérieur et le commerce extérieur de l'ivoire travaillé" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "All legal ivory markets, whether in Asia or Europe, fuel illegal trade, poaching and killing of elephants," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Allowing the sale of ivory reinforces its social acceptability and makes it a desirable product to own or invest in only to stimulate transnational wildlife crime," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Elephants are declining significantly throughout Africa and Asia. Every year, at least 20,000 African elephants are killed illegally for their ivory and only bold action now can save this iconic animal from becoming extinct in many parts of its range within the decade,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” External link

standardmedia Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs that will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:31:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are committed to leveraging on sports in order to create a stronger brand association between our sports personalities and Kenya as a destination. This is why we are intent on supporting our champions in the fields of athletics, rugby and golf to market Kenya as the preferred sports destination” External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:31:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Under our National Tourism Blueprint (NTB) 2030, we shall be maximising our country's tourism potential through innovative marketing, product diversification, infrastructure development and investment in hospitality,'' External link

standardmedia Monday, March 4, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs that will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

kenyastar Friday, March 1, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are committed to leveraging on sports in order to create a stronger brand association between our sports personalities and Kenya as a destination. This is why we are intent on supporting our champions in the fields of athletics, rugby and golf to market Kenya as the preferred sports destination” External link

kenyastar Friday, March 1, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs who will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

nation-ke Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “Additionally, Kenya’s golf tourism offering will be on show to golfers and golf fans across the world through the European Tour TV (ETTV), a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week online golf channel that is available in every territory across the entire planet – reaching fans beyond the regular broadcast footprint. This level of exposure is critical to Kenya’s tourism success especially viewed in light of the fact that the global golf travel market is between 6 and 9.1 million travellers. The U.S. - Kenya’s number one tourist source market - has the highest number of golf travellers at between 3.7 and 5.6 million travellers” External link

nation-ke Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala remarked : “Trade in live elephants should only be for the purpose of enhancing the conservation of the species in its natural habitats (in-situ) as the only appropriate and acceptable destination” External link

iol Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : “The eight hectares are already gazetted and we are now chasing the pieces that are in the periphery as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Whatever the President directed in December, we must deliver as government. And we have one year to do that,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I never single-sourced anything. There was no tender to award anything because everything was about the bid to host the expo,” External link

nation-ke Saturday, February 23, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I never single-sourced anything. There was no tender to award anything because everything was about the bid to host the expo,” External link

nation-ke Friday, February 22, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “EACC came to my office yesterday and the confusion they have is with the word bid. They think that there was a tendering process and a contract awarded, but it was bidding for the country to host the conference and that was cleared well with the commission,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “After winning the bid to host, our overall responsibility was to make sure the event took place,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We supported ASTA because it is an association of travel agents that market countries in their markets. These agents are the ones that are now marketing Kenya because they experienced the tourism product and that is one of the reasons America as a tourist source market has jumped from bringing 90,000 tourists to over 225,000 people,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This is part of the measures to revamp Sunset Hotel. Instead of renovating Sunset Hotel we have chosen to build the conference centre. It should be up by 2021,” “With the set up of the conference facility, I foresee demand in home stays, taxi services and the entertainment industry” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The cruise ship is good for the hospitality business. We will get many international tourists and attract big ships. We should create awareness on cruise ship tourism so that Kenyans can tap into that business,” External link

kenyastar Monday, February 18, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my homes as claimed in the newspaper report, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the same report. My legal team is handling the matter,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “EACC inquiry on the American Society of Travel Agents expo that took place at KICC in February 2017 organised by ASTA Kenya chapter has been an ongoing process with which the Ministry of Tourism has fully cooperated since the start,” “Tourist arrivals from the USA doubled in 2018 with 225,000 visitors due to the partnership with the American Society of Travel Agents who are key buyers of Magical Kenya as a destination” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my house as claimed by The Standard Newspaper today (Friday). The journalist was aware prior to publishing the report of the same,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my homes as claimed in the newspaper report, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the same report. My legal team is handling the matter,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "No raids have taken place at my house as claimed by The Standard Newspaper today, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the report of the same," External link

thestarkenya Friday, February 15, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destination,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala noted : “We have agreed that this is not a Kenyan but an international problem, we need to work together. The travel advisory that has come out from the US embassy is cautionary, it is about cautiousness and vigilance because there can be an attack like that in any other destination,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “There are three key pillars for any destination to succeed: security, infrastructure and marketing. Security is primarily the government’s responsibility, but all of us must be vigilant. With the type of insecurity we have today, we all have a role to play,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We must maintain secure and hassle-free beaches. We must create a situation that creates memorable experiences for visitors to out beaches. Counties must take responsibility and tackle the beach boys' menace and create jobs for them,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We do not want to have tourists only going to watch animals in the parks. That is not enough. We need to amplify our parks and what we are going to do, mainly, is to improve experiences there,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We met with the officers in December and we are to meet again mid-March to see the report so that we can move our plans forward,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This area belongs to the native Wakilindini. The Likoni channel, which is also known as the Kilindini channel, got its name from the native Wakilindini,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our plan is to define the coast and market the beach destination as a distinct product. To enable us, not only increase the numbers, but improve on the clients’ experiences,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "Our plan is also to define the coast and make the beach destination distinct," External link

coastweek Friday, February 1, 2019 3:29:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The event will now be about the magical Kenyans who have made it possible to have this competition elevated from a Challenge Tour to Main Tour,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 28, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We decided to sponsor golf because of its popularity worldwide. We appreciate the local sports fraternity for the support,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 28, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Many of us will be your first customers when you reopen,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are delighted at the support shown by the international community and the steps that the Government has put in place to ensure safety for all. We wish to acknowledge this gesture by the international community to stand with us. I am extremely happy that key source market nations will not issue travel advisories," External link

standardmedia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have seen people have tried to hype the event and want to bring in politics but it is a public event,” External link

nation-ke Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : ''We recognize that our coastal beaches are a very important destination for both local and international visitors. With Mombasa being a focal point for both local and international arrivals, there is need to create new experiences for visitors,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''This has resulted in the decline in Kenya’s competitiveness and low demand for its key tourism products among its competitors, particularly the coastal beach product due to limited leisure and recreational facilities and amenities,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says : “We will conserve Swahili and Coastal culture and heritage structures of significance in the re-design of the area,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala says : “It will also have traditionally crafted Swahili decorative elements such as vidaka and decorative plaster,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala alisema : “Ilani kutoka kwa mataifa ya kigeni kuwaonya raia wao kutozuru Kenya ziliondolewa na kutekelezwa katika maeneo fulani, hali iliyokuwa tofauti na hapo awali ambapo ilani hizo zilitolewa kwa taifa nzima,” External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Travel advisories have been lifted and enforced only on specific locations and situations unlike before when isolated incidents happen a blanket Travel advisory is issued for the whole country," External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Travel advisories have been lifted and enforced only on specific locations and situations unlike before when isolated incidents happen a blanket Travel advisory is issued for the whole country," External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This is historical. It has never happened before,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourism will never grow if there are no three important things peace and security, infrastructure and mature politics,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The two parcels that remain grabbed in this area will also be repossessed for expansion of this project,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Kenya's tourism performance for the year 2018 has seen a substantial improvement compared to 2017 in both tourism arrivals, domestic tourism performance and earnings," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, January 7, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The gains of the sector were as a result of coordinated efforts between various arms of government, whom the tourism sector has engaged, as well as the concerted efforts in marketing Kenya as a destination of choice,” External link

businessdailyafrica Monday, January 7, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have seen people have tried to hype the event and want to bring in politics but it is a public event,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 7, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This has resulted in the decline in Kenya’s competitiveness and low demand for its key tourism products among its competitors, particularly the coastal beach product due to limited leisure and recreational facilities and amenities," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says : “We are now working to make sure Tui Travel flights from London in the UK also resume coming to Mombasa by next year,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, December 28, 2018 1:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The contractor on site has given an assurance that by August 2019, all work will be complete awaiting official commissioning before the next cruise tourism season sets in,” External link

standardmedia Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:21:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I have been assured that the construction of the cruise terminal will be complete in time for the next cruise season. We need to market the Port of Mombasa as a cruise destination aggressively as we seek to have a share of the global cruise tourism pie,” External link

standardmedia Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:21:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala added : “The direct flight will also substantially boost Kenya’s global profile as a tourism destination as it will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business travellers coming to Kenya” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:23:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This is an isolated incident. We remain confident that our security forces will catch up with the attackers who injured our people and took away the Italian woman who worked as a volunteer at a local orphanage," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:05:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Having spent Sh200 million under the Charter Incentive Programme (CIP), Kenya's tourism sector has made a return of Sh3.7 billion in revenue earnings," External link

nation-ke Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenyans need to move on and focus on social economic development,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:01:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “About 40 per cent of our agents did not turn up despite the fact that we trained and paid them. We will take action against them. We have already replaced them,” External link

standardmedia Friday, October 27, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The agents did not show up in a few polling stations. This is a problem of dishonesty. But we are going to take legal action against the agents who did not show up. I want to warn them that as Jubilee Party, we are going to deal with them," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The agents did not show up in a few polling stations. This is a problem of dishonesty. But we are going to take legal action against the agents who did not show up. I want to warn them that as Jubilee Party, we are going to deal with them," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There are a lot of uncertainties... NASA is best at propaganda," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:59:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Apart from the visit being historical, it is an indicator that the Sultanate of Oman has confidence in Kenya. We will capitalise on our cultural ties to woo more Oman tourists to our country,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are therefore developing an aviation strategy for the tourism sector that will offer incentives for low-cost airlines to begin flying into Kenya,” External link

coastweek Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “However, charter tourism is facing a lot of challenges due to the changing patterns of international holiday makers who are seeking to spend less on vacations,” External link

coastweek Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "However, we project that overall tourism arrivals for 2017 will decline as bookings have dropped for the second half of the year due to the ongoing political uncertainty," External link

coastweek Friday, September 29, 2017 11:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have recovered almost 18 per cent since 2015 and we believe our projection is going to be higher this year. We expect a 20 per cent rise in arrivals by the end of 2017,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We hope that this season will continue and we hope that it will extend to March or April next year but it will not happen if there is no calm in the country,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our tourism sector is very sensitive to any perceived or real insecurity and instability,” “People in the nature reserves and the safari circuit have said they do not want protests because it is going to jeopardize the tourism sector” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “Before the election, Nairobi had a capacity of 70 percent, but as it is now, Nairobi is quiet, bookings are quiet, as tourists adopt a wait and see mood in the high season,” External link

capitalfm Monday, August 14, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are closely monitoring the volatile security situation in the northern parts of the country and have enhanced inter-agency collaboration to minimize risks to the tourism sector," External link

coastweek Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:15:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure the tourism partners in that area and internationally that the government is on top of it and we have been monitoring the situation,” “Any individual, ordinary or honourable if you’re caught inciting people against any private property, you must be arrested” External link

capitalfm Monday, March 6, 2017 9:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our historic partnership with Hull is crucial in promoting Kenya as a tourist destination and that is why we decided to partner with SportPesa to ensure we take it to the next level. Through such partnerships, we create enabling environment for our young sportsmen to realize their dreams,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:32:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There are no excuses for KQ, this thing must be implemented this year, we have to maximise on this opportunity as it will open up good markets for us," External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government has invested heavily in improving the the country's security and managed to minimize terror threats in the country," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “In the last 17 years, the country has stood as a democratic state. Let’s not always see 2007 as the base for the country’s image,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:15:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "American market has grown by 16.4 percent, whereas the UK has declined by 4 percent," External link

coastweek Friday, December 23, 2016 5:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Our beach tourism still faces myriad problems. We are now diversifying and hope to fully tap into the Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions' and Cruise tourism which have the potential to grow tourism traffic,'' External link

standardmedia Friday, December 16, 2016 11:53:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "American market has grown by 16.4 percent, whereas the UK has declined by 4 percent," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, December 16, 2016 6:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “In February 2017, we are going to host 3000 travel agents from the United States so that market this (Kenya tourism) product to the American market,” External link

capitalfm Friday, December 16, 2016 5:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The country requires a critical mass of trained and motivated personnel to work in the rapidly evolving hospitality industry. We still have a skills gap in a sector that has attracted huge foreign direct investments lately," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The second largest tertiary institution for training workers in the hospitality sector will be completed soon. Several public universities have also rolled out courses in tourism and travel to help meet a growing demand," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The country requires a critical mass of trained and motivated personnel to work in the rapidly evolving hospitality industry. We still have a skills gap in a sector that has attracted huge foreign direct investments lately," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The second largest tertiary institution for training workers in the hospitality sector will be completed soon. Several public universities have also rolled out courses in tourism and travel to help meet a growing demand," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This initiative enables us to empower women and our youth whilst building our local tourism and travel industry,” External link

coastweek Friday, November 11, 2016 5:42:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "In the last two years, we have been holding very high profile business meetings which have been very fruitful in creating business opportunities," "This is a sign of Kenya being a popular destination and is giving a sense of confidence in the economy," External link

thestarkenya Friday, November 11, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This is to make up the shortfall with emphasis being meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE)," External link

thestarkenya Friday, November 11, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The election fever is over, I can tell you that the Americans will not be pre-occupied with the elections anymore, they will be pre-occupied in wanting to go for holiday and relax and Kenya is open to doing business with the United States," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:42:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have also instructed the Tourism Finance Corporation to allocate 2.5 hectares of land in Mombasa beach to construct a conference facility. We have also instructed KICC to start planning on expansion," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We lost the hosting rights in 2015 due to perceived insecurity but here we are today; 2018 is rightfully ours," External link

standardmedia Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:24:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala says ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : "When President Uhuru Kenyatta called me and invited me to take up the mining docket, frankly I was taken aback. I had no previous knowledge and it was a grey area but he told me that it wasn't about me but about service to the people, something I took to heart," External link

standardmedia Friday, October 28, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourists who will be moving between the three countries that form the coalition will now be using a common visa that will be charged at $100 (Sh10,122) instead of $150 (Sh15,183) that each country charged before,” “The coalition of the willing has also agreed to have a common East Africa stand at the world Travel Market to be held in London on November 7. The stand has been dubbed ‘borderless East Africa’, but Tanzania will not be part of it,” External link

redpepper Monday, October 17, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We want them on board, but maybe they need time to appreciate the good. When they are ready, the doors are wide open,” External link

iol Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "The biggest bottleneck we faced was ensuring the free movement of people using their national identity cards," External link

coastweek Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The single visa has received low numbers because of the lack of awareness," External link

coastweek Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “A strike will not solve the problems. There are talks already ongoing with the pilots to resolve the issue. Dialogue is the best solution,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “That is how you bring your airline down,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourists who will be moving between the three countries that form the coalition will now be using a common visa that will be charged at $100 (Sh10,122) instead of $150 (Sh15,183) that each country charged before,” “The coalition of the willing has also agreed to have a common East Africa stand at the world Travel Market to be held in London on November 7. The stand has been dubbed ‘borderless East Africa’, but Tanzania will not be part of it,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “From Uganda, we had 50,000 arrivals. From Tanzania we had 30,000, while we had 25,000 from Ethiopia. We are yet to get numbers from Rwanda and Burundi,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our competitors are the Caribbean countries and the Far East. We shouldn’t compete among ourselves,” “I want to encourage Tanzania to join us. Our doors are open,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure you, in the next one month we will see a restructured KQ,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "By going on strike (pilots) are going to bring down the airline. It is not fair," External link

reuters Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:09:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : "When President Uhuru Kenyatta called me and invited me to take up the mining docket, frankly I was taken aback. I had no previous knowledge and it was a grey area but he told me that it wasn't about me but about service to the people, something I took to heart," External link

standardmedia Sunday, October 2, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I agree with the resolutions — to move from a small party to a big party because the objective of any politician or political party is how do we go into government. This is the clear way,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We expect the direct flights to start by early next year," External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:28:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Monday, September 5, 2016 8:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector. Our focus is full recovery by June 2018," External link

coastweek Friday, September 2, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:28:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are currently in talks with the bank and we should have some feedback soon. But it is only the old hotels and not new ones, that will be privileged to access the funds, once available," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We have a good product - beach and safari - but innovation is needed. We need to review what we are giving as a product and service to clients," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The Ministry will tender for renovations and by August 2017, it will be ready. There is a lot of interest in cruise tourism,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The ministry received many complaints from local communities and leaders, mineral rights holders and other stakeholders,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We respect institutions and I only had the influence of a quarter of the people who attended. It is a public event, and as I said from the beginning, we want to partner with the counties to make this a success,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “How can the CS talk about involving the county government and he doesn’t invite the host and Coast counties to such a forum?” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector," External link

standardmedia Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:16:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The Jubilee administration has deemed it fit to enter into dialogue with key stakeholders from various spheres of the economy and it is now the turn of tourism players to engage and set the agenda for the way forward," External link

standardmedia Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:27:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about House ) : “This is the first time, the President is hosting a tourism summit at State House, Mombasa,” External link

nation-ke Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:29:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : “I want to be very clear. I am not running for any position. So you better write this down,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “He does not know how to keep friends,” External link

kenyan-post Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:09:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “He does not know how to keep friends,” External link

kenyan-post Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “After Paris attacks, there was a call to stay together, but when it happens elsewhere, nothing .These are double standards,” “Tourism is not just about fun, but also a business that sustains millions of people directly and indirectly” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:01:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala noted : “This is the first summer charter that has come into Mombasa. Poland always sends their charters during winter time. We have been negotiating with TUI since January and even in March a delegation came here in Mombasa. So it’s not about the Charter coming into Mombasa, but TUI is back,” External link

capitalfm Saturday, July 16, 2016 5:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “After the conference, we all migrate to Masai Mara to enjoy the wildebeest migration. Take advantage of your visit to sample other Kenyan tourism products,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “The boards are doing short-listings. The new CEOs are expected to be in office by end (of this) month,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 4, 2016 8:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government is investing so much in the ministry and we want results. It is not about friendship. It is about the country and interest of the tourism sector. We must get the best people for the job,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 4, 2016 8:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No foreigner will come and support our own institutions,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:39:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are satisfied with the progress we have seen here,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 27, 2016 11:43:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am glad that Condor has now introduced flights from Munich to Mombasa and that from next week they will operate two flights a week from Frankfurt to Mombasa,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenyans have developed an urge for high-end products. Build courage and also invest in internationally rated products,” “The government has made improving the infrastructure a prerogative to assist you in marketing your products. Therefore I call upon you to stop overpricing your products, that will bring you more clients,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:02:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Entry fees into game parks have also being reduced while the Value Added Tax on park entry fees will be scrapped from next month," External link

famagusta-gazette Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see,” External link

nation-ke Monday, June 13, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see," External link

allafrica Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This duty exemption will go a long way in making our services affordable and competitive both regionally and globally,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, June 10, 2016 6:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:48:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "We are expecting the ongoing trajectory to go on through the year and a full recovery in 2018 however, the tension on the IEBC protest is setting a bad precedence we are now going back to political instability, we are not sending the right signals to the market," External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 7, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Entry fees into game parks have also being reduced while the Value Added Tax on park entry fees will be scrapped from next month," External link

coastweek Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government has invested heavily in security. Since the Garissa attack on April 2 last year, no other incident has happened. We are optimistic 2016 will be a good year,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The last two weeks we have sent shivers to the markets. All the efforts I have done to reassure people that Kenya is safe are going to waste. Political instability and lack of understanding is going to kill our industry,” “If we continue with images of tyres burning, people getting shot, it is not going to be good for our economy. We can decide and behave well or misbehave in the name of democracy and lose,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “We are expecting the ongoing trajectory to go on through the year and a full recovery in 2018 however, the tension on the IEBC protest is setting a bad precedence we are now going back to political instability, we are not sending the right signals to the market,” External link

capitalfm Monday, June 6, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “It is unfortunate that every election period we have to create challenges and we restart a recovery process. It is not good for the economy,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are going to suffer in terms of unemployment, already we have suffered since tourism has gone done and it will be worse if we don’t manage the situation well," External link

coastweek Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The media are reporting that the country is burning, that is negative for the country, and visitors coming. It’s not the right thing and must stop immediately," External link

coastweek Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For the last two years, the tourism sector has been on its knees with the hotels at the Coast hit hard by the slump while 30,000 hotel workers were rendered jobless," "The government has worked hard in order to revive the sector, but the chaotic anti-IEBC protests might slow down tourism recovery," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The tourism sector improved in the first quarter of 2016, but we expect more international tourists to visit the country during the high season that begins in mid-July," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For the last two years, the tourism sector has been on its knees with the hotels at the Coast hit hard by the slump while 30,000 hotel workers were rendered jobless," "The government has worked hard in order to revive the sector, but the chaotic anti-IEBC protests might slow down tourism recovery," External link

allafrica Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The tourism sector improved in the first quarter of 2016, but we expect more international tourists to visit the country during the high season that begins in mid-July," External link

allafrica Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The so called Cabinet memo, signed between Treasury secretary Henry Rotich and then Tourism minister Phylis Kandie in 2014 has not been approved,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala stated : "Anyone can apply online and those who qualify should get licenses in 90 days," "It introduces a time frame and transparency in the acquisition of mining rights" External link

coastweek Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:10:00 AM EAT



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tourism cabinet secretary32.82%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
minister2.96%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
tourism minister1.43%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
tourism cabinet minister0.38%EN08/04/201704/08/2017
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cabinet secretary1.91%EN07/19/201719/07/2017
secretary for tourism2.77%EN06/03/201703/06/2017
mining cabinet secretary14.69%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
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minister for tourism0.10%EN10/07/201607/10/2016
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Najib Balala said : "It has been decades of race against time and we are excited at the progress in reversing the hitherto bleak outlook for the northern white rhino," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are going to make a solid case for Kenya to host the 24th UNWTO General Assembly meeting in 2021 as the first East African country to do so," "We will build on the success of recently hosted high level global events in Kenya as a strong reason why Kenya should be voted as host for the upcoming meeting and hope to secure the victory," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, September 9, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "A win to host the event will greatly enhance Kenya's profile not only as the preferred travel destination in Africa, but also the choice destination for meetings and exhibitions: which is the next frontier of tourism that we want to create awareness in addition to the traditional beach and safari proposition," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, September 9, 2019 4:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "The majority of the proposals in favor of species conservation were adopted either by consensus or overwhelming majority votes while those seeking to promote trade at the expense of the species conservation were rejected," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Our proposal to transfer pancake tortoise from Appendix II to I and to list giraffes, wedge fish and teat fish in Appendix II was overwhelmingly passed," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are ready to support the agreement on the engagement of rural communities in CITES processes and how issues of CITES and livelihoods should be considered under the CITES framework," External link

coastweek Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:53:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The assisted reproductive technique should focus the world’s attention to the plight of all rhinos and help in avoiding decisions that undermine law enforcement and fuel the demand for rhino horns,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:44:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For now, this place is out of bounds. Be patient. Give us time," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The promenade, the pigeon towers, the gates and the ablution block are ready. We have been receiving all the projects in the original design," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There will be a code of conduct. Traders who will be allowed to operate inside the park will undergo some training and will have uniforms," External link

thestarkenya Monday, August 19, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Tell us who is genuine and who is not so that we can take action," External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are here today to support your vision and ideals of establishing a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. We in Kenya are committed to support this” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government is committed to supporting growth of hospitality sector and will not be distracted by the evil forces of terrorism," External link

coastweek Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:40:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This figure is slightly lower compared to last year by about one per cent. However, we are upbeat that the sector will grow by about 10 per cent in the remaining six months of 2019,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, August 2, 2019 5:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government is committed to supporting growth of hospitality sector and will not be distracted by the evil forces of terrorism," External link

coastweek Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:33:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are in solidarity with 32 African countries that are calling on the international community to impose a ban on ivory trade that has decimated population of elephants in the rangelands," External link

coastweek Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:33:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure the world that Kenya is stronger than these evil terror forces. Kenya has bounced back. Our tourism numbers grew by 57 per cent in 2018, our revenue in 2018 grew by 31 per cent and in the last six months I haven’t seen a decline,” “I believe there will be a 10 per cent growth at the end of the year” External link

standardmedia Thursday, August 1, 2019 12:06:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I want to assure the world Kenya is stronger than these evil forces, " External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are in solidarity with 32 African countries that are calling on the international community to impose a ban on ivory trade that has decimated population of elephants in the rangelands," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, July 31, 2019 4:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "When innocent people do a commendable job, they need to be recognised. Once he comes back, he will become an honorary warden in Tsavo," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, July 28, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Mama Ngina ) : “I’m optimistic that the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park will be an iconic tourist attraction centre. It will boost the economy of Mombasa by the number of local and international tourists coming to the region,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are now hoping that this park will be an attraction site for both locals and international tourists coming to Mombasa,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We had to add an additional two months because of the alteration in the earlier designs. We had to make adjustment in the presidential square because at first the design was not meant for national presidential functions,” External link

capitalfm Friday, July 26, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are saddened by Samboja's move to go to court. He should have consulted other parties to understand the best way forward," External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 24, 2019 3:34:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We cannot give a direct benefit from Tsavo National Park to the communities. The conservancy happened to be a national park in 1946, so these are the structures we have inherited," External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 24, 2019 3:34:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The new policy focuses on increasing access to incentives and sustainable use of wildlife resources while ensuring equitable sharing of benefits,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 22, 2019 2:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The ones who are now squatting and trying to be clever, we know you,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Jua Kali ) : “This is an international platform as a waterfront. It is not going to be a Jua Kali market,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We will support them. They should not worry about the cost of that. We are going to see if you can get SME funding for these 63 traders,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “It is not a matter of wearing suits. We want to be smart and encourage designers to come up with designs that showcase what the cultures of this region have to offer,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The implementation of this plan will be a defining moment in the conservation of the mountain bongo subspecies that is only found in Kenya," "It will ensure that population of mountain bongo thrive in the mountain ecosystems spread across this country," External link

kenyastar Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''I urge all of you to continue to put more efforts to ensure that we surpass our last year’s general performance at the end of the year,'' External link

standardmedia Friday, July 5, 2019 11:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “We have had challenges since 2014 that made compensation of the human-wildlife conflict claims difficult. There was no money and also the verification of HWC claims has not been consistently undertaken,” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:40:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are projecting only a slight growth in the number of international arrivals by the end of 2019 fueled by intensified marketing efforts in key source markets," External link

coastweek Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Since the completion of the SGR, we have seen a surge of local and international tourists visiting the coastal beach of Mombasa," External link

coastweek Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are projecting only a slight growth in the number of international arrivals by the end of 2019 fueled by intensified marketing efforts in key source markets," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will have a clear focus on politics in 2021, that is when I will know if I will still go for governor or even a bigger seat. I have experience in elective politics and in government,” “I want to have the tourism numbers go up to three million before I leave office, then I will be proud and have the energy and impetus to take on another assignment given by the voters” External link

standardmedia Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:56:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We know the governor also claims stake of the hotel, but they have an equity holding of 5 per cent. 95 per cent is owned by the Government,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 3, 2019 2:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We know the governor also claims stake of the hotel, but they have an equity holding of 5 per cent. 95 per cent is owned by the Government,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 3, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The Wildlife Act 2013 that acknowledged monetary compensation as the solution has become too expensive for the government," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The insurance industry should seize the business opportunity by complementing the government efforts in mitigating the expenses that arise due to human-wildlife conflicts," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "In the 2018-2019, the government allocated 4 million dollars as compensation allocations and has earmarked 5.4 million dollars for the 2019-2020," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Scientists must also come out and explain to populations the wildlife movements in advance to reduce the conflicts," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:42:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

nation-ke Monday, May 13, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I will take up the issue with the SRC and ensure Naivasha is re-categorised. I assure the devolved government that my ministry is committed to work jointly with the Kenya Tourism Board to market destinations in Nakuru as the best in the global arena,” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have a budget allocated for compensation of about Sh500 million and Sh70 million has already been released to the KWS. The first batch of compensation will be issued straight away and then we will request for the balance from the Treasury so that it is paid,” External link

businessdailyafrica Monday, April 29, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Lake Nakuru ) : “To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "We are planning to roll out tax incentives for low-cost airlines that will bring visitors into Kenya beginning the next financial year," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:31:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am very impressed with our youths today who have showed up in large numbers to show the world that there’s no room for wildlife trade,” External link

capitalfm Monday, April 15, 2019 8:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government will not relent in support for a total ban on trade in ivory and other endangered species internationally,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The western Black Rhino and the Sumatran Rhino have recently gone extinct due to poaching. The emphasis now is directed towards ensuring that international trade in the endangered species is stopped,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenya’s message is simple – it is not possible to satisfy the international demand for ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife products,” External link

kenyastar Monday, April 15, 2019 12:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am very impressed with our youths today who have showed up in large numbers to show the world that there’s no room for wildlife trade,” External link

capitalfm Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government will not relent in support for a total ban on trade in ivory and other endangered species internationally," External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Kenya's message is simple - it is not possible to satisfy the international demand for ivory, rhino horn and other endangered wildlife products," External link

xinhuanet_en Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destinations,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destinations,” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The terminal is currently 40 per cent complete and will further boost cruise tourism in the country when it is fully operational by November this year,” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am disappointed and this is not acceptable, because the schedule was supposed to be August 2017 it did not take place. It was moved to November and then I am told it is being moved to August (2018),” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The demolitions were halted after we were given a report that if they are brought down, then the economy will suffer a setback of about Sh500 billion,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Some taxi drivers instead of marketing the country, give tourists only negative things about what is happening in the country," External link

thestarkenya Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Moi International Airport is now receiving 15 charter flights per week, up from nine last year. Since 2016 to March this year, there have been 55,000 arrivals into Mombasa and the beach hotels,” External link

standardmedia Friday, March 15, 2019 1:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” “We have always seen the EU as the global standard-bearer for promoting and protecting international biodiversity, whose high standards should be emulated and to which all others should aspire. Europe leads the way on many conservation issues and cannot afford to be behind the curve on the ivory trade” External link

eureporter Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Commission ) : “I therefore appeal to the European Commission and to EU Environment Ministers to demonstrate leadership by closing your domestic markets forthwith. As we cooperate more closely with the EU, particularly within the context of the Africa/EU partnership, we need Europe to join us and become a leader with those countries that are taking action to close domestic ivory markets around the world,” External link

eureporter Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Things have changed. The free independent traveller will book the accommodation and do extras elsewhere. It does not mean one has to eat and have the pleasure of experience at the same place,” External link

businessdailyafrica Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “That is why we need to improve the products in terms of accommodation and experience. People will book accommodation in one place but experience food and other products elsewhere,” External link

businessdailyafrica Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For us, it is very important to make the partnership with Turkish Airlines, because it opens Kenya to the world through Istanbul," External link

haberler-en Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about India Ocean ) : “We have a success story on plastic ban. Kenya is an example to other East African nations and the world for her moratorium on plastic in 2017. The ban has reduced the number of plastics getting into the Indian Ocean waters, thus mitigating the real threat to marine life,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “To assume – as many EU member states do – that there is no link between domestic ivory markets in Europe and Asia and illegal trade and killing of elephants in Africa is a flawed basis on which to develop EU conservation policy. Most other countries with significant legal markets have realised that there is a clear link between their domestic ivory markets and illegal trade and poaching and have closed them down. We call on the EU and Japan to follow suit” External link

eureporter Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” “We have always seen the EU as the global standard-bearer for promoting and protecting international biodiversity, whose high standards should be emulated and to which all others should aspire. Europe leads the way on many conservation issues and cannot afford to be behind the curve on the ivory trade” External link

eureporter Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''The projection for Africa is 3 per cent to 5 per cent growth in 2019, after 7 per cent last year, as some destinations consolidate their rebound. By region, experts from Africa are the most optimistic about 2019, as a number of destinations in the region continue their recovery,'' External link

standardmedia Thursday, March 7, 2019 11:52:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala indiqué : "Tous les marchés légaux d'ivoire, qu'ils soient en Asie ou en Europe, encouragent le commerce illégal, le braconnage et l'abattage des éléphants" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala déclaré : "Bien que nous appréciions les mesures prises jusqu'ici par l'UE et ses Etats membres, nous considérons qu'il est crucial de faire plus en vue de fermer le marché intérieur et le commerce extérieur de l'ivoire travaillé" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "All legal ivory markets, whether in Asia or Europe, fuel illegal trade, poaching and killing of elephants," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Allowing the sale of ivory reinforces its social acceptability and makes it a desirable product to own or invest in only to stimulate transnational wildlife crime," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Elephants are declining significantly throughout Africa and Asia. Every year, at least 20,000 African elephants are killed illegally for their ivory and only bold action now can save this iconic animal from becoming extinct in many parts of its range within the decade,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “While we appreciate the measures taken by the EU and its member states so far, we consider it essential to take further action to close the internal market and external trade in worked ivory. Otherwise it will present a continuing threat to our elephants,” External link

standardmedia Tuesday, March 5, 2019 2:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs that will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:31:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are committed to leveraging on sports in order to create a stronger brand association between our sports personalities and Kenya as a destination. This is why we are intent on supporting our champions in the fields of athletics, rugby and golf to market Kenya as the preferred sports destination” External link

kenyastar Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:31:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Under our National Tourism Blueprint (NTB) 2030, we shall be maximising our country's tourism potential through innovative marketing, product diversification, infrastructure development and investment in hospitality,'' External link

standardmedia Monday, March 4, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs that will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

kenyastar Friday, March 1, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are committed to leveraging on sports in order to create a stronger brand association between our sports personalities and Kenya as a destination. This is why we are intent on supporting our champions in the fields of athletics, rugby and golf to market Kenya as the preferred sports destination” External link

kenyastar Friday, March 1, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “As a Ministry, we are proud to unveil the Kenyan Pros and elite amateurs who will represent Kenya at the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship which is set to provide exposure to Kenya as a preferred golf tourism destination both on the local and international scene” External link

nation-ke Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : “Additionally, Kenya’s golf tourism offering will be on show to golfers and golf fans across the world through the European Tour TV (ETTV), a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week online golf channel that is available in every territory across the entire planet – reaching fans beyond the regular broadcast footprint. This level of exposure is critical to Kenya’s tourism success especially viewed in light of the fact that the global golf travel market is between 6 and 9.1 million travellers. The U.S. - Kenya’s number one tourist source market - has the highest number of golf travellers at between 3.7 and 5.6 million travellers” External link

nation-ke Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala remarked : “Trade in live elephants should only be for the purpose of enhancing the conservation of the species in its natural habitats (in-situ) as the only appropriate and acceptable destination” External link

iol Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:49:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : “The eight hectares are already gazetted and we are now chasing the pieces that are in the periphery as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Whatever the President directed in December, we must deliver as government. And we have one year to do that,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I never single-sourced anything. There was no tender to award anything because everything was about the bid to host the expo,” External link

nation-ke Saturday, February 23, 2019 6:55:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I never single-sourced anything. There was no tender to award anything because everything was about the bid to host the expo,” External link

nation-ke Friday, February 22, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “EACC came to my office yesterday and the confusion they have is with the word bid. They think that there was a tendering process and a contract awarded, but it was bidding for the country to host the conference and that was cleared well with the commission,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “After winning the bid to host, our overall responsibility was to make sure the event took place,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We supported ASTA because it is an association of travel agents that market countries in their markets. These agents are the ones that are now marketing Kenya because they experienced the tourism product and that is one of the reasons America as a tourist source market has jumped from bringing 90,000 tourists to over 225,000 people,” External link

standardmedia Friday, February 22, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This is part of the measures to revamp Sunset Hotel. Instead of renovating Sunset Hotel we have chosen to build the conference centre. It should be up by 2021,” “With the set up of the conference facility, I foresee demand in home stays, taxi services and the entertainment industry” External link

businessdailyafrica Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The cruise ship is good for the hospitality business. We will get many international tourists and attract big ships. We should create awareness on cruise ship tourism so that Kenyans can tap into that business,” External link

kenyastar Monday, February 18, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my homes as claimed in the newspaper report, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the same report. My legal team is handling the matter,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “EACC inquiry on the American Society of Travel Agents expo that took place at KICC in February 2017 organised by ASTA Kenya chapter has been an ongoing process with which the Ministry of Tourism has fully cooperated since the start,” “Tourist arrivals from the USA doubled in 2018 with 225,000 visitors due to the partnership with the American Society of Travel Agents who are key buyers of Magical Kenya as a destination” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my house as claimed by The Standard Newspaper today (Friday). The journalist was aware prior to publishing the report of the same,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No raids have taken place at my homes as claimed in the newspaper report, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the same report. My legal team is handling the matter,” External link

standardmedia Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "No raids have taken place at my house as claimed by The Standard Newspaper today, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the report of the same," External link

thestarkenya Friday, February 15, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “But I have raised these issues with the Foreign Affairs and I am disappointed with the US embassy because they have blown the situation out of control; it has scared two of our cruise ships to divert to other destination,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala noted : “We have agreed that this is not a Kenyan but an international problem, we need to work together. The travel advisory that has come out from the US embassy is cautionary, it is about cautiousness and vigilance because there can be an attack like that in any other destination,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:38:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “There are three key pillars for any destination to succeed: security, infrastructure and marketing. Security is primarily the government’s responsibility, but all of us must be vigilant. With the type of insecurity we have today, we all have a role to play,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We must maintain secure and hassle-free beaches. We must create a situation that creates memorable experiences for visitors to out beaches. Counties must take responsibility and tackle the beach boys' menace and create jobs for them,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 11:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We do not want to have tourists only going to watch animals in the parks. That is not enough. We need to amplify our parks and what we are going to do, mainly, is to improve experiences there,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We met with the officers in December and we are to meet again mid-March to see the report so that we can move our plans forward,” External link

nation-ke Sunday, February 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This area belongs to the native Wakilindini. The Likoni channel, which is also known as the Kilindini channel, got its name from the native Wakilindini,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our plan is to define the coast and market the beach destination as a distinct product. To enable us, not only increase the numbers, but improve on the clients’ experiences,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "Our plan is also to define the coast and make the beach destination distinct," External link

coastweek Friday, February 1, 2019 3:29:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The event will now be about the magical Kenyans who have made it possible to have this competition elevated from a Challenge Tour to Main Tour,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 28, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We decided to sponsor golf because of its popularity worldwide. We appreciate the local sports fraternity for the support,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 28, 2019 10:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Many of us will be your first customers when you reopen,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are delighted at the support shown by the international community and the steps that the Government has put in place to ensure safety for all. We wish to acknowledge this gesture by the international community to stand with us. I am extremely happy that key source market nations will not issue travel advisories," External link

standardmedia Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have seen people have tried to hype the event and want to bring in politics but it is a public event,” External link

nation-ke Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:04:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala added : ''We recognize that our coastal beaches are a very important destination for both local and international visitors. With Mombasa being a focal point for both local and international arrivals, there is need to create new experiences for visitors,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''This has resulted in the decline in Kenya’s competitiveness and low demand for its key tourism products among its competitors, particularly the coastal beach product due to limited leisure and recreational facilities and amenities,'' External link

standardmedia Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:11:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says : “We will conserve Swahili and Coastal culture and heritage structures of significance in the re-design of the area,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala says : “It will also have traditionally crafted Swahili decorative elements such as vidaka and decorative plaster,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:45:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala alisema : “Ilani kutoka kwa mataifa ya kigeni kuwaonya raia wao kutozuru Kenya ziliondolewa na kutekelezwa katika maeneo fulani, hali iliyokuwa tofauti na hapo awali ambapo ilani hizo zilitolewa kwa taifa nzima,” External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Travel advisories have been lifted and enforced only on specific locations and situations unlike before when isolated incidents happen a blanket Travel advisory is issued for the whole country," External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Travel advisories have been lifted and enforced only on specific locations and situations unlike before when isolated incidents happen a blanket Travel advisory is issued for the whole country," External link

tuko Tuesday, January 8, 2019 8:05:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This is historical. It has never happened before,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourism will never grow if there are no three important things peace and security, infrastructure and mature politics,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The two parcels that remain grabbed in this area will also be repossessed for expansion of this project,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Kenya's tourism performance for the year 2018 has seen a substantial improvement compared to 2017 in both tourism arrivals, domestic tourism performance and earnings," External link

xinhuanet_en Monday, January 7, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The gains of the sector were as a result of coordinated efforts between various arms of government, whom the tourism sector has engaged, as well as the concerted efforts in marketing Kenya as a destination of choice,” External link

businessdailyafrica Monday, January 7, 2019 3:26:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have seen people have tried to hype the event and want to bring in politics but it is a public event,” External link

nation-ke Monday, January 7, 2019 12:31:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This has resulted in the decline in Kenya’s competitiveness and low demand for its key tourism products among its competitors, particularly the coastal beach product due to limited leisure and recreational facilities and amenities," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says : “We are now working to make sure Tui Travel flights from London in the UK also resume coming to Mombasa by next year,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, December 28, 2018 1:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The contractor on site has given an assurance that by August 2019, all work will be complete awaiting official commissioning before the next cruise tourism season sets in,” External link

standardmedia Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:21:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I have been assured that the construction of the cruise terminal will be complete in time for the next cruise season. We need to market the Port of Mombasa as a cruise destination aggressively as we seek to have a share of the global cruise tourism pie,” External link

standardmedia Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:21:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala added : “The direct flight will also substantially boost Kenya’s global profile as a tourism destination as it will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business travellers coming to Kenya” External link

businessdailyafrica Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:23:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This is an isolated incident. We remain confident that our security forces will catch up with the attackers who injured our people and took away the Italian woman who worked as a volunteer at a local orphanage," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:05:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Having spent Sh200 million under the Charter Incentive Programme (CIP), Kenya's tourism sector has made a return of Sh3.7 billion in revenue earnings," External link

nation-ke Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:20:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenyans need to move on and focus on social economic development,” External link

standardmedia Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:01:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “About 40 per cent of our agents did not turn up despite the fact that we trained and paid them. We will take action against them. We have already replaced them,” External link

standardmedia Friday, October 27, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The agents did not show up in a few polling stations. This is a problem of dishonesty. But we are going to take legal action against the agents who did not show up. I want to warn them that as Jubilee Party, we are going to deal with them," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The agents did not show up in a few polling stations. This is a problem of dishonesty. But we are going to take legal action against the agents who did not show up. I want to warn them that as Jubilee Party, we are going to deal with them," External link

BBCMonitoring Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:17:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There are a lot of uncertainties... NASA is best at propaganda," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:59:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Apart from the visit being historical, it is an indicator that the Sultanate of Oman has confidence in Kenya. We will capitalise on our cultural ties to woo more Oman tourists to our country,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:22:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are therefore developing an aviation strategy for the tourism sector that will offer incentives for low-cost airlines to begin flying into Kenya,” External link

coastweek Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “However, charter tourism is facing a lot of challenges due to the changing patterns of international holiday makers who are seeking to spend less on vacations,” External link

coastweek Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "However, we project that overall tourism arrivals for 2017 will decline as bookings have dropped for the second half of the year due to the ongoing political uncertainty," External link

coastweek Friday, September 29, 2017 11:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We have recovered almost 18 per cent since 2015 and we believe our projection is going to be higher this year. We expect a 20 per cent rise in arrivals by the end of 2017,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We hope that this season will continue and we hope that it will extend to March or April next year but it will not happen if there is no calm in the country,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our tourism sector is very sensitive to any perceived or real insecurity and instability,” “People in the nature reserves and the safari circuit have said they do not want protests because it is going to jeopardize the tourism sector” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “Before the election, Nairobi had a capacity of 70 percent, but as it is now, Nairobi is quiet, bookings are quiet, as tourists adopt a wait and see mood in the high season,” External link

capitalfm Monday, August 14, 2017 5:53:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are closely monitoring the volatile security situation in the northern parts of the country and have enhanced inter-agency collaboration to minimize risks to the tourism sector," External link

coastweek Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:15:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure the tourism partners in that area and internationally that the government is on top of it and we have been monitoring the situation,” “Any individual, ordinary or honourable if you’re caught inciting people against any private property, you must be arrested” External link

capitalfm Monday, March 6, 2017 9:39:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our historic partnership with Hull is crucial in promoting Kenya as a tourist destination and that is why we decided to partner with SportPesa to ensure we take it to the next level. Through such partnerships, we create enabling environment for our young sportsmen to realize their dreams,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:32:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "There are no excuses for KQ, this thing must be implemented this year, we have to maximise on this opportunity as it will open up good markets for us," External link

thestarkenya Saturday, February 25, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The government has invested heavily in improving the the country's security and managed to minimize terror threats in the country," External link

thestarkenya Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “In the last 17 years, the country has stood as a democratic state. Let’s not always see 2007 as the base for the country’s image,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:15:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "American market has grown by 16.4 percent, whereas the UK has declined by 4 percent," External link

coastweek Friday, December 23, 2016 5:07:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : ''Our beach tourism still faces myriad problems. We are now diversifying and hope to fully tap into the Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions' and Cruise tourism which have the potential to grow tourism traffic,'' External link

standardmedia Friday, December 16, 2016 11:53:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "American market has grown by 16.4 percent, whereas the UK has declined by 4 percent," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, December 16, 2016 6:16:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “In February 2017, we are going to host 3000 travel agents from the United States so that market this (Kenya tourism) product to the American market,” External link

capitalfm Friday, December 16, 2016 5:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The country requires a critical mass of trained and motivated personnel to work in the rapidly evolving hospitality industry. We still have a skills gap in a sector that has attracted huge foreign direct investments lately," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The second largest tertiary institution for training workers in the hospitality sector will be completed soon. Several public universities have also rolled out courses in tourism and travel to help meet a growing demand," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The country requires a critical mass of trained and motivated personnel to work in the rapidly evolving hospitality industry. We still have a skills gap in a sector that has attracted huge foreign direct investments lately," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The second largest tertiary institution for training workers in the hospitality sector will be completed soon. Several public universities have also rolled out courses in tourism and travel to help meet a growing demand," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This initiative enables us to empower women and our youth whilst building our local tourism and travel industry,” External link

coastweek Friday, November 11, 2016 5:42:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "In the last two years, we have been holding very high profile business meetings which have been very fruitful in creating business opportunities," "This is a sign of Kenya being a popular destination and is giving a sense of confidence in the economy," External link

thestarkenya Friday, November 11, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "This is to make up the shortfall with emphasis being meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE)," External link

thestarkenya Friday, November 11, 2016 5:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The election fever is over, I can tell you that the Americans will not be pre-occupied with the elections anymore, they will be pre-occupied in wanting to go for holiday and relax and Kenya is open to doing business with the United States," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:42:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have also instructed the Tourism Finance Corporation to allocate 2.5 hectares of land in Mombasa beach to construct a conference facility. We have also instructed KICC to start planning on expansion," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We lost the hosting rights in 2015 due to perceived insecurity but here we are today; 2018 is rightfully ours," External link

standardmedia Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:24:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala says ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : "When President Uhuru Kenyatta called me and invited me to take up the mining docket, frankly I was taken aback. I had no previous knowledge and it was a grey area but he told me that it wasn't about me but about service to the people, something I took to heart," External link

standardmedia Friday, October 28, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourists who will be moving between the three countries that form the coalition will now be using a common visa that will be charged at $100 (Sh10,122) instead of $150 (Sh15,183) that each country charged before,” “The coalition of the willing has also agreed to have a common East Africa stand at the world Travel Market to be held in London on November 7. The stand has been dubbed ‘borderless East Africa’, but Tanzania will not be part of it,” External link

redpepper Monday, October 17, 2016 2:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We want them on board, but maybe they need time to appreciate the good. When they are ready, the doors are wide open,” External link

iol Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "The biggest bottleneck we faced was ensuring the free movement of people using their national identity cards," External link

coastweek Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The single visa has received low numbers because of the lack of awareness," External link

coastweek Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:21:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “A strike will not solve the problems. There are talks already ongoing with the pilots to resolve the issue. Dialogue is the best solution,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “That is how you bring your airline down,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:41:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Tourists who will be moving between the three countries that form the coalition will now be using a common visa that will be charged at $100 (Sh10,122) instead of $150 (Sh15,183) that each country charged before,” “The coalition of the willing has also agreed to have a common East Africa stand at the world Travel Market to be held in London on November 7. The stand has been dubbed ‘borderless East Africa’, but Tanzania will not be part of it,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “From Uganda, we had 50,000 arrivals. From Tanzania we had 30,000, while we had 25,000 from Ethiopia. We are yet to get numbers from Rwanda and Burundi,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Our competitors are the Caribbean countries and the Far East. We shouldn’t compete among ourselves,” “I want to encourage Tanzania to join us. Our doors are open,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I want to assure you, in the next one month we will see a restructured KQ,” External link

standardmedia Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:03:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : "By going on strike (pilots) are going to bring down the airline. It is not fair," External link

reuters Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:09:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala says ( about Uhuru Kenyatta ) : "When President Uhuru Kenyatta called me and invited me to take up the mining docket, frankly I was taken aback. I had no previous knowledge and it was a grey area but he told me that it wasn't about me but about service to the people, something I took to heart," External link

standardmedia Sunday, October 2, 2016 1:41:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I agree with the resolutions — to move from a small party to a big party because the objective of any politician or political party is how do we go into government. This is the clear way,” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, September 17, 2016 5:04:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We expect the direct flights to start by early next year," External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:28:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Monday, September 5, 2016 8:19:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector. Our focus is full recovery by June 2018," External link

coastweek Friday, September 2, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector,” “Our focus is full recovery by June 2018” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:28:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are currently in talks with the bank and we should have some feedback soon. But it is only the old hotels and not new ones, that will be privileged to access the funds, once available," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We have a good product - beach and safari - but innovation is needed. We need to review what we are giving as a product and service to clients," External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:36:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The Ministry will tender for renovations and by August 2017, it will be ready. There is a lot of interest in cruise tourism,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The ministry received many complaints from local communities and leaders, mineral rights holders and other stakeholders,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We respect institutions and I only had the influence of a quarter of the people who attended. It is a public event, and as I said from the beginning, we want to partner with the counties to make this a success,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “How can the CS talk about involving the county government and he doesn’t invite the host and Coast counties to such a forum?” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, September 1, 2016 6:55:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Overall, we are seeing some progress in the sector," External link

standardmedia Thursday, September 1, 2016 12:16:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The Jubilee administration has deemed it fit to enter into dialogue with key stakeholders from various spheres of the economy and it is now the turn of tourism players to engage and set the agenda for the way forward," External link

standardmedia Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:27:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said ( about House ) : “This is the first time, the President is hosting a tourism summit at State House, Mombasa,” External link

nation-ke Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:29:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : “I want to be very clear. I am not running for any position. So you better write this down,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “He does not know how to keep friends,” External link

kenyan-post Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:09:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “He does not know how to keep friends,” External link

kenyan-post Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:01:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “After Paris attacks, there was a call to stay together, but when it happens elsewhere, nothing .These are double standards,” “Tourism is not just about fun, but also a business that sustains millions of people directly and indirectly” External link

thestarkenya Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:01:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala noted : “This is the first summer charter that has come into Mombasa. Poland always sends their charters during winter time. We have been negotiating with TUI since January and even in March a delegation came here in Mombasa. So it’s not about the Charter coming into Mombasa, but TUI is back,” External link

capitalfm Saturday, July 16, 2016 5:27:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “After the conference, we all migrate to Masai Mara to enjoy the wildebeest migration. Take advantage of your visit to sample other Kenyan tourism products,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:10:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “The boards are doing short-listings. The new CEOs are expected to be in office by end (of this) month,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 4, 2016 8:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government is investing so much in the ministry and we want results. It is not about friendship. It is about the country and interest of the tourism sector. We must get the best people for the job,” External link

thestarkenya Monday, July 4, 2016 8:33:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “No foreigner will come and support our own institutions,” External link

thestarkenya Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:39:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “We are satisfied with the progress we have seen here,” External link

standardmedia Monday, June 27, 2016 11:43:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I am glad that Condor has now introduced flights from Munich to Mombasa and that from next week they will operate two flights a week from Frankfurt to Mombasa,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “Kenyans have developed an urge for high-end products. Build courage and also invest in internationally rated products,” “The government has made improving the infrastructure a prerogative to assist you in marketing your products. Therefore I call upon you to stop overpricing your products, that will bring you more clients,” External link

nation-ke Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:02:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Entry fees into game parks have also being reduced while the Value Added Tax on park entry fees will be scrapped from next month," External link

famagusta-gazette Thursday, June 16, 2016 9:44:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see,” External link

nation-ke Monday, June 13, 2016 9:27:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see," External link

allafrica Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:14:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “This duty exemption will go a long way in making our services affordable and competitive both regionally and globally,” External link

thestarkenya Friday, June 10, 2016 6:49:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "I have no objection to the demonstrations if they are peaceful. However, if we showcase tyres being burnt and people carrying weapons, then we are not showcasing the country positively. These are not the right pictures for our visitors to see," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:48:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala told : "We are expecting the ongoing trajectory to go on through the year and a full recovery in 2018 however, the tension on the IEBC protest is setting a bad precedence we are now going back to political instability, we are not sending the right signals to the market," External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 7, 2016 4:50:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "Entry fees into game parks have also being reduced while the Value Added Tax on park entry fees will be scrapped from next month," External link

coastweek Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:26:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The government has invested heavily in security. Since the Garissa attack on April 2 last year, no other incident has happened. We are optimistic 2016 will be a good year,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The last two weeks we have sent shivers to the markets. All the efforts I have done to reassure people that Kenya is safe are going to waste. Political instability and lack of understanding is going to kill our industry,” “If we continue with images of tyres burning, people getting shot, it is not going to be good for our economy. We can decide and behave well or misbehave in the name of democracy and lose,” External link

thestarkenya Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:09:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala told : “We are expecting the ongoing trajectory to go on through the year and a full recovery in 2018 however, the tension on the IEBC protest is setting a bad precedence we are now going back to political instability, we are not sending the right signals to the market,” External link

capitalfm Monday, June 6, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “It is unfortunate that every election period we have to create challenges and we restart a recovery process. It is not good for the economy,” External link

thestarkenya Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "We are going to suffer in terms of unemployment, already we have suffered since tourism has gone done and it will be worse if we don’t manage the situation well," External link

coastweek Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The media are reporting that the country is burning, that is negative for the country, and visitors coming. It’s not the right thing and must stop immediately," External link

coastweek Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:22:00 AM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For the last two years, the tourism sector has been on its knees with the hotels at the Coast hit hard by the slump while 30,000 hotel workers were rendered jobless," "The government has worked hard in order to revive the sector, but the chaotic anti-IEBC protests might slow down tourism recovery," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The tourism sector improved in the first quarter of 2016, but we expect more international tourists to visit the country during the high season that begins in mid-July," External link

allafrica Sunday, May 29, 2016 1:03:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "For the last two years, the tourism sector has been on its knees with the hotels at the Coast hit hard by the slump while 30,000 hotel workers were rendered jobless," "The government has worked hard in order to revive the sector, but the chaotic anti-IEBC protests might slow down tourism recovery," External link

allafrica Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : "The tourism sector improved in the first quarter of 2016, but we expect more international tourists to visit the country during the high season that begins in mid-July," External link

allafrica Saturday, May 28, 2016 5:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala said : “The so called Cabinet memo, signed between Treasury secretary Henry Rotich and then Tourism minister Phylis Kandie in 2014 has not been approved,” External link

businessdailyafrica Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:44:00 PM EAT

Najib Balala stated : "Anyone can apply online and those who qualify should get licenses in 90 days," "It introduces a time frame and transparency in the acquisition of mining rights" External link

coastweek Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:10:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary38.55%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
tourism cabinet secretary32.82%EN11/16/201716/11/2017
minister2.96%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
tourism minister1.43%EN10/25/201725/10/2017
tourism cabinet minister0.38%EN08/04/201704/08/2017
tourism secretary1.43%EN07/24/201724/07/2017
cabinet secretary1.91%EN07/19/201719/07/2017
secretary for tourism2.77%EN06/03/201703/06/2017
mining cabinet secretary14.69%EN02/06/201706/02/2017
head0.10%EN01/20/201720/01/2017
ministre0.67%FR12/02/201602/12/2016
minister for tourism0.10%EN10/07/201607/10/2016
current tourism minister0.19%EN08/24/201624/08/2016
secretary of tourism0.10%EN08/02/201602/08/2016
mp0.86%EN07/20/201620/07/2016
economist0.19%EN07/09/201609/07/2016
ambassador marechaux and tourism cabinet secretary0.19%EN06/24/201624/06/2016
tourism cabinet secretary minister0.10%EN06/22/201622/06/2016
mining cabinet secretary0.38%SA08/25/201425/08/2014
deputato0.10%IT06/10/201210/06/2012
former minister0.10%EN10/02/200602/10/2006
Names Lang Count
Najib BalalaEN69.73%
Najib BalalaFR13.86%
Najib BalalaEU13.10%
أبا العلاءAR2.86%
Najib BalalaSW0.30%
Najib BalalaSA0.15%
نجيب بلعلاءAR0.00%


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